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One Of Baker's Best

  • Aug 8, 2007
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It's no secret that Tom Baker portrayed probably the most loved incarnation of "Doctor Who." Sarah Jane Smith was one of his best companions. "Pyramids of Mars" is one of the best serials to feature them together. No, there aren't any Daleks or Cybermen roaming around, but there is one nasty villain who goes by the name of Sutekh. He's an Egyptian "god" who had a run-in with another Egyptian god, Horus. He's trapped in the Eye of Horus for all eternity....or at least that's what we're told. In this serial, he attempts to break free of his confines via an English archaeologist by using him to collect the things necessary for his escape. Of course, the good Doctor and Sarah Jane intervene, hoping to prevent a terrible future for planet Earth. With android mummies and poachers running around, can the Doctor stop Sutekh?

This serial has one of the best storylines of all of the Tom Baker episodes. There's also some excellent witty banter between not only Baker and Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), but between other cast members as well.

The DVD transition looks excellent. The disc contains plenty of extras including a running commentary, Who's Who actor info, an easter egg, an "interview" with a disappointed Sutekh, and many other things.

If you enjoy your "Doctor Who" with a little bit of action, a little bit of comedy and a touch of suspense, "Pyramids of Mars" is right up your timeline.

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The popularity of this Tom Baker-eraDoctor Whoserial among fans led directly to its release on DVD (it ranked first in aDoctor Whomagazine poll about stories to be released on disc), and once again, the WB/BBC DVD doesn't disappoint with a sparkling presentation and a wealth of supplemental features. The third serial in the thirteenth season (1975-1976) finds the Doctor and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) on Earth in 1911, where an Egyptologist has come under the power of Sutekh, a powerful alien bent on unleashing worldwide destruction. The much-discussed "Gothic" sensibilities that producer Phillip Hinchcliffe and writer Robert Holmes brought to the series during this season are largely in effect here--mummies and sinister henchmen mix freely with robots and alien invaders--as are the quality of writing and acting that helpedDoctor Whospike some of its highest ratings to date during this season. One of the series' strongest and most entertaining stories,Pyramids of Marsis undoubtedly a must-have for Baker andWhofans.--Paul Gaita
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Studio: BBC Video / Warner Bros.
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004

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